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ConAgra Foods: what could happen next? - analysis

ConAgra Foods CEO Sean Connolly, fresh from securing the sale of the US group's own-label business, has made another strategic move - splitt...

Why Mars rice plan not just crop-ticking exercise

Recent years have seen the launch of numerous sustainability standards and initiatives across various agricultural commodities. Ben Cooper a...

Greencore's food-to-go focus paying dividends

Prioritising its food-to-go operations in the UK and the US has led Greencore to report higher annual sales and earnings. And the Ireland-ba...

How Danone aims to meet its 2020 objectives

Danone outlined plans to raise its sales and earnings performance through to 2020 in an investor meeting held earlier this week. The company...

The top takeaways from IGD's Supply Chain Summit 19 Nov 2015

Dean Best

With stagnant volumes and volatility in costs putting pressure on margins, more companies are turning their attention to supply chains to eke out savings. But other changes in the market, not least shopper promiscuity and the rise of non-traditional outlets, means manufacturers have weigh up a series of factors when looking to make changes to their supply chains. just-food reports back from the IGD Supply Chain Summit on what executives in the field believe are the key issues to consider.

Will Belvita win at breakfast in China? 18 Nov 2015

Hannah Abdulla

Mondelez International has taken its breakfast biscuit concept, Belvita, to China in a bid to capture the attention of the young, time-poor consumer on the hunt for convenience. But with different tastes and habits at breakfast, can the Chinese consumer be convinced to take on Belvita as an alternative? Hannah Abdulla explores.

What could influence US healthy snacking market? 13 Nov 2015

Sally Lyons Wyatt, IRI

Snacking is a significant macro trend driving trends in the US market and demand for healthier products is on the rise. Sally Lyons Wyatt, executive vice president and practice leader for snacks at IRI, outlines the factors manufacturers operating in - or eyeing - the segment need to consider.

Talking shop October 2015 - Wal-Mart, Auchan, X5 13 Nov 2015

Katy Askew

Multinational grocery retailers demonstrated a various different strategies to grow their sales and expand their consumer reach over the past month. Here is just-food's round-up of some of the major developments at your retail customers during October. 

Foodservice focus October 2015 - Yum!'s China spin, Smashburger gets Jollibee investment 12 Nov 2015

Dean Best

Fast-food giant Yum! Brands announced plans to spin off its Chinese operations in a bid to revitalise a business under pressure, while Jollibee Foods Corp., Asia's largest chain, invested in US fast-casual burger operator Smashburger.

TreeHouse's acquisition of ConAgra private brands – 10 things to learn  3 Nov 2015

Katy Askew

TreeHouse Foods confirmed what many suspected yesterday (2 November) when it announced a deal to acquire ConAgra's private brands business for US$2.7bn. The acquisition will almost double TreeHouse's size, creating an enlarged business with sales of around $7bn spanning more than 20 categories. Here are ten key points to take away from the deal.

Snyder's-Lance sees qualified analyst praise for Diamond deal 29 Oct 2015

Hannah Abdulla

Distribution synergies and access to a wider better-for-you portfolio are two of the reasons industry experts have backed the move from Synder's-Lance for fellow US snacks group Diamond Foods. However, with Diamond having had a challenging few years financially, is the US$1.91bn cash-and-shares deal all Snyder's-Lance has made it out to be? Hannah Abdulla reports.

How UK sugar recommendations compare to initiatives so far 27 Oct 2015

Ben Cooper

The cry from campaigners in the UK is neither government nor industry is doing enough to reduce sugar consumption. Here, Ben Cooper compares the measures proposed in last week's report from Public Health England with what has been advocated by campaign group Action on Sugar and government action and industry engagement as represented by the Public Health Responsibility Deal.

Nestle's sales miss - 10 things to learn 16 Oct 2015

Katy Askew

Nestle missed analyst expectations for its sales growth today (16 October), when the world's largest food maker reported sales of CHF64.8bn (US$73.8bn) for the nine months to the end of September. The 2% decline was steeper than analysts had expected, with consensus forecasts predicting a sales dip of 0.8%. The closely watched organic growth rate also failed to meet expectations, with analysts predicting a 4.7% gain versus Nestle's organic growth of 4.2%. Here are 10 key points to take away from Nestle's year-to-date performance.

Unilever's sales are up, will margins follow? 15 Oct 2015

Katy Askew

Unilever beat market expectations with a stellar third-quarter sales update this morning (15 October). However, with growth driven by its lower margin refreshments unit, could this put pressure on Unilever's group margin? Katy Askew reports. 

Foodservice focus September 2015 - all-day breakfast, concept innovation 8 Oct 2015

Dean Best

September saw McDonald's make two significant announcements in the US, a one-two from Taco Bell and a new format from hitherto retro-focused Johnny Rockets.

Talking shop September 2015 – Margin management in the spotlight  8 Oct 2015

Katy Askew

A consistent challenge facing grocers is maintaining – or strengthening – margins in a frequently hostile retail environment. This must be achieved while also developing the customer proposition and investing in growth. Keeping a lid on costs is a must but that has to be balanced against issues like pressure to raise wages, as we have seen in the UK this month, and the need to keep consumer prices low. 

How Unilever's Grom deal shows brands eyeing own retail presence 6 Oct 2015

Katy Askew

Unilever is building on its push into branded ice cream retail with the acquisition of Italian gelato group Grom. And Unilever is not the only manufacturer working to expand its branded retail presence, particularly in "treat" or gifting categories. Katy Askew looks at the benefits branded retailing offers food manufacturers. 

Why Lactalis could move for Dairy Crest 5 Oct 2015

Stefan Kirk, M&A advisors Glenboden

Earlier this month, with the UK's Competition and Markets Authority's decision on the disposal of Dairy Crest's milk business on the horizon, M&A adviser Stefan Kirk looked at why the group could become a takeover target - and which companies could be interested.

Who could swoop for Diamond Foods?  1 Oct 2015

Katy Askew

Diamond Foods side-stepped market talk it has put itself up for sale and even suggested it would be open to broadening its own portfolio during a conference call with analysts this week. However, this does not mean the US snacks group's management is closed to the idea of the company shopping itself. Katy Askew takes a look at the possibility of a deal and who could be interested in a punt for the Kettle Chips maker.

Fonterra's full-year results – 10 things to learn 25 Sep 2015

Katy Askew

New Zealand dairy giant Fonterra reversed its first-half profit drop to report a massive jump in full-year earnings yesterday (24 September). The result was achieved despite lower sales from the co-operative, with a focus on efficiency and product mix as well as the benefit of lapping weak prior-year comparables. Here are just-food's ten key takeaways from Fonterra's fiscal 2014/15 numbers.

ConAgra Foods suggests there is life in old brands yet 24 Sep 2015

Katy Askew

Much has been made of the decline of legacy brands in the US, which have failed to keep up with shifting consumer demands. In its first-quarter update, released yesterday (24 September), ConAgra Foods claimed a change in strategy has enabled it to breath fresh life into some of its iconic – but declining – brands. Katy Askew reports.

just-food's pick - Natural Products Expo East 2015 18 Sep 2015

Katy Askew

The natural products sector has waived in a seismic shift in the mainstream shopping habits of American consumers. This has attracted the attention of legacy brand manufacturers. But as the forces of big food look to cash in, SMEs have leveraged their agility to focus on delivering new products. Here is just-food's pick of some of the most exciting new products on show from SMEs at this year's Natural Products Expo East.

Kellogg eyes long-term benefits of Africa investment 17 Sep 2015

Katy Askew

US cereal giant Kellogg announced earlier this week it has entered into a joint venture agreement to step up its presence in Africa. Kellogg has partnered with Tolaram Africa, the local arm of Singapore-based conglomerate Tolaram Group. While the deal will not provide an immediate lift for Kellogg's struggling sales, it positions the company for long-term growth in a region of increasing importance for consumer goods companies. Katy Askew reports.

Talking shop August 2015 - How global retailers are targeting emerging markets 8 Sep 2015

Katy Askew

Global retailers have continued to expand into emerging markets, in spite of the political and economic turbulence seen in many of these countries and the challenges to profitability.

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